This little boy’s name is James. He has never been to the zoo. He does not own an iPod. Sometimes, if his parents cannot pay for school, he doesn’t go. Sometimes, if his parents cannot pay for food, he doesn’t eat. He is a young boy living in the poverty-stricken country of Zambia, and he is surrounded by death, AIDS, starvation, and misery..(continued below picture)
So how is that he can smile like that? All from the simple activity of taking “jumping pictures.” Here, he and the other boys in my group discovered that if I take their photo in the middle of a jump, it will look like they are flying. We probably took jumping pictures for an hour, they loved it so much.
This humbles me in so many ways, and reminds me that having “stuff” does not guarantee you happiness. In fact, some of the most miserable people I have ever encountered are wealthy CEOs, downtown Dallas big-shot lawyers, well off housewives who drive nice cars and wear huge diamond rings. This beautiful smiling face reminds me that real joy is far greater than the temporary happiness of money, possessions, and ever-accumulating “stuff” we feel like we need.